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Iran Cloud Computing Market - Macro Outlook and Technology Trends, 2017

  • ID: 4370548
  • Report
  • August 2017
  • Region: Iran
  • 38 Pages
  • Frost & Sullivan
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Iranian ICT market trends spin around topics such as internet speed, internet censorship and security

Iran is a promising market for the implementation of Cloud. The market has opened up for international players and the hardware market has been gaining traction since 2016. The infrastructure and telecom markets have become the prime area of investments. From the challenges point of view, enterprises lack skill and awareness about the cloud market and its applications.

The existing IT landscape in Iran mostly comprises traditional on-premise data centres owned by enterprises.

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1. Scope & Limitations

2. Regional Brief: MENA

  • The MENA Cloud market is mainly driven by the GCC, but looking forward big growth potential is hidden in Iran

3. Market Outlook: Iran

  • Iranian ICT market trends spin around topics such as internet speed, internet censorship and security
  • Enterprises prefer to have their data hosted within the country - lack of clear legal laws causes uncertainty
  • Present market scenario of Iranian cloud market is relatively nascent, as cloud is a new subject in Iran
  • Cloud is mostly driven by the need to save on costs as infrastructure is relatively expensive to acquire
  • Private cloud dominates the Iranian Cloud market with IaaS representing 65% of total cloud market in 2016
  • Private IaaS has the maximum market traction due to poor infrastructure availability and CAPEX savings
  • Hybrid cloud, as well as private cloud, is only offered by local players and most of the clients are large corporates
  • Public cloud adoption is restrained by the lack of the required internet speed and the security concerns
  • Enterprises consider displacing non-core applications in the cloud; SaaS, will drive the growth/adoption
  • Workloads that enterprises traditionally place “off-site” are expected to be considered for IaaS by top adopters
  • Other verticals are at different stages of adoption with a reasonably optimistic outlook towards implementation
  • The retail sector is the most advanced sector that has adopted cloud due to mobile and social media data
  • Iranian cloud market is dominated by local cloud providers who operate using/reselling global products
  • The top 4 participants in Iran control 68% of the cloud market, with Afranet as the market leader
  • End-user snapshot revealed that just a few respondents would explore cloud when setting up a new business
  • Email, CRM, web and email security are the most popular workloads that are deployed in the cloud

4. The Industry going Forward

  • Connectivity & Convergence - MENA to be linked through 545 Million Connected Devices By 2020
  • Iran does offer a great potential for cloud, but there are macro and micro challenges that have to be addressed
  • Key success factors should be factored into the plan for each vertical due to different levels of vertical development
  • The future is in the cloud, but lack of awareness and absence of economies of scale for service providers in Iran is a challenge
  • The evolution of XaaS will drive the market due to CAPEX elimination, but Iran still has a long way to go

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